May 28, 2023 – “The Gift of Listening”

May 29, 2023

Call to Worship

Leader: God we know that you are still speaking
All: Open our ears that we may hear your word
Leader: When those around us are speaking
All: May we give then our undivided attention and listen.
Leader: When those we passionately disagree with are speaking
All: Grant us the serenity and patience to silently listen and hear what they have to say
Leader: Remind us, oh Lord, the best evangelism is not done through speaking.
All: The best evangelism is when we silently listen and hear others share their story.


One: Please join me in unison in our Offertory Prayer…Friends, the peace of Christ be with you!

All: And also, with you!

One: Let us pray…

All: God we are listening. We will open ourselves to your word, your presence, your voice. This is where we are, God. Let us soar. Let us become all that you have called us to be. Amen.

Service May 28th   

Scripture Lesson 

ACTS 2: 1-12 (NRSV)           

2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability.

5 Now there were devout Jews from every people under heaven living in Jerusalem. 6 And at this sound the crowd gathered and was bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in the native language of each. Amazed and astonished, they asked, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each of us, in our own native language? 9 Parthians, Medes, Elamites, and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—in our own languages we hear them speaking about God’s deeds of power.” 12 All were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?”

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